Book of the month

Welcome to Book of the Month. Every month, we pick one book we love and share it with you. Get ready for amazing tales, can’t miss books and conversation – online and in real life.

Read along with us, and crime fiction fans across the UK, and  join the conversation by using the hashtag #HIFYoureBooked.

Our pick for September 2023 Book Of The Month is…

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

The Long Call was selected as the chosen book for this year’s Big Read, the North’s biggest book club which toured libraries across Yorkshire and the North East to celebrate crime fiction and re-engage readers with their local libraries. The free events were hosted by Luca Veste, the author of numerous crime books and the 2023 Reader-in-Residence at Harrogate International Festivals, and took place between 26-30 June.


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You’re Booked

Welcome to You’re Booked – bringing the very best of Harrogate International Festivals to your digital doorstep. Here you’ll find a host of author interviews, book reviews, and a peak inside their houses as authors share with us their bookshelves, their must-reads and the book they always go back to.

Get involved and contact us with your own book reviews, articles and blog posts. You have the right to remain silent, but that would be exceedingly dull. Put your feet up and make yourself at home!

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Theakston Shortlistee: Laura Shepherd-Robinson

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Theakston Shortlistee: Will Dean

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Theakston Shortlistee: Vaseem Khan

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Theakston Shortlistee: Joseph Knox

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Theakston Shortlistee: Mick Herron

Meet the Shortlisted Mick Herron

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It'd be a crime to miss this one...

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Meet the Team

Meet #TeamHIF and get some book recommendations at the same time!

Welcome Back to You’re Booked

Join us to talk all things bookish again!

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